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SD2806 Transonic and supersonic aircraft aerodynamics 6.0 credits

The course focuses on the aspects of flight at transonic and supersonic regimes, focusing on aerodynamics, performance, and flight mechanics, as well as aircraft configuration geometry. The course covers advanced topics within the Master of Aerospace Engineering.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2806 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course focuses on the aspects of aircraft at transonic and supersonic flight regimes. The topics will cover aspects of aircraft aerodynamics and performance, as well as basic aircraft design parameters.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of the taught part of the course are that a student, upon completion of the course, should be able to:

  • Describe the parameters of the aircraft configuration required for transonic and supersonic flight
  • Describe, define, and explain the fundamental concepts of aerodynamics applied to flight at transonic and supersonic speeds
  • Describe, define, and explain the fundamental concepts of aircraft performance and flight mechanics for an aircraft in transonic and supersonic flight
  • Evaluate and correlate in a cohesive manner the fundamental concepts
  • Solve simple aerodynamics, performance, and flight mechanics problems
  • Apply taught theory and concepts for the analysis of open-ended engineering and/or research questions

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project on Bachelor level with major in technology.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

SG2215 Kompressibel strömning


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SD2601 Fundamentals of Flight

SD2805 Flight Mechanics


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